Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said there was no threat to the safety of the Mullaperiyar dama and water was being stored at the permitted level of 142 feet as per the orders of the Supreme Court
Responding to concerns raised by Kerala Chief Minister Pinnarayi Vijayan on the storage in Mullaiperiyar dam, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Thursday wrote to him saying the dam “is safe” in all respects — hydrologically, seismically and structurally as per the Supreme Court order in May 2014.
“During the past, the dam was inspected by many experts on several occasions and they had also found that the dam is safe in all aspects,” Mr. Palaniswami said in the letter, a copy of which was released to the media in Chennai.
Even during its last inspection on August 4 this year, the Supreme Court-appointed Supervisory Committee said that the dam “is safe to store water up to 142 ft” and hence “there is no threat to the safety” of the dam and water is being stored at the permitted level. As cited the inspection of the Chairman of Sub-Committee of Mullaiperiyar dam on August 15 that found that the digital water level recorder was “functioning well”. There are also several gauge plates installed to ascertain the water level of the dam.
Tamil Nadu has been transferring water from Mullaiperiyar dam to Vaigai basin to the maximum extent possible through the tunnel and when the inflows into the dam increased, there has been continuous co-ordination between the engineers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, including the respective District Collectors, Mr. Palaniswami stated.